Sussex Blue Gin: What you need to know

Updated: Jan 10

What is Blue Gin?

If you’re a lover and connoisseur of all things gin related then it’s unlikely you have let blue gin sidestep your radar but on the off-chance it has let’s get into it. This magical spirit hit the limelight last year when Margot Robbie uploaded a photo of herself sipping on a glass of bright pink gin and tonic on her Instagram feed. But hang on a second, we’re talking about blue gin right? Not pink……


Blue gin is so-called because it features a unique botanical that other gins don’t, butterfly pea blossom (Clitoria Ternatea). This flower is typically found in Asia and features an interesting compound that reacts to PH levels by changing colour. To simplify that, the deep blue gin changes to a bright pink when mixed with an acidic solution, such as Tonic Water!


How should it be drunk?

This gin is guaranteed to add a level of theatrics to your next party, so it’s important to make sure you’re serving it right to get the maximum impact for your guests. There’s nothing quite like that audible gasp as the gin turns to pink!


We would recommend a large balloon glass as it’s perfect for displaying the magical transformation you want to make sure there are no visual obstructions. Fill your glass with plenty of ice as this will help slow the mixing of the gin and your mixer meaning the display is more dramatic.


For your mixer, you want to pick a clear liquid such as your favourite tonic. There’s no point in having a mixer that you can’t see through because you’ll miss the whole display! You also need to ensure your mixer has a reasonably high acidity level. Tonic is ideal for this, as is lemonade.


The garnish is entirely up to you but a slice of citrus such as grapefruit is only going to increase the acidity level so we would recommend that.


So what does it taste like?

Despite the dramatic colour changing properties, the butterfly pea flower doesn’t really add much in the way of a flavour profile. This means that each distillery is able to create a unique gin whilst still maintaining the magical effect.


Our small batch Sussex Blue Gin is inspired by the evolution of the local Adonis blue butterfly. Based on our award-winning pure Sussex gin, our Sussex blue gin has a delicate blend of 15 botanicals including juniper berries, giving you a surprisingly smooth gin with a fresh taste at the start and long lingering floral and citrus notes.


Harley House Distillery Blue Gin





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